The weekend is nearly here! Happy Fri-YAY! I hope your week is rounding out nicely and that the next few days will be filled with some relaxation and holiday fun.
Ryan and I have plans head out on a date night on Saturday and hike with friends on Sunday since my mom is still in town for a couple more days and has kindly offered to watch Chase. I’m excited!
And now, since it’s Friday you know it’s time for Things I’m Loving Friday! As always, below you will find a list of the things I’m loving most this week. I’d love for you to participate as well and tell me about something that is making you smile in the comments section of this post.
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Balsam Candles
Balsam candles trump all other holiday scents for me during the holiday season. (The Balsam & Cedar candle from Anthropologie is heaven.) The smell of Christmas trees cannot be topped and I have been burning a pine-scented candle every day since we decorated our house for the holidays. Now that I’m following advice from The Happiness Project and actually using my candles rather than saving them for no real reason, it feels nice to enjoy them every day.
- Stitch Fix Blanket Scarf
I requested a blanket scarf in my most recent Stitch Fix box and received the coziest black, charcoal and cream scarf that I cannot seem to take off! There are a million different ways to wear a blanket scarf and it’s my new favorite winter accessory. I actually kept all but one item in my last fix so it was an all-around success! Thanks, StitchFix!
Christmas nerd alert! I cannot help but smile at the ridiculous reindeer cars popping up all over the place this holiday season. I bought the antlers and red Rudolph nose to outfit my car a few years ago and still get a kick out of it. Embrace the holiday goofiness! (Side note: Sadie always thinks the nose is a big red ball we packed away just for her whenever we bring it out of storage every year.)
- Working From My Desktop
With my mom in town this week, I’ve been able to work from my desktop every day and it is SUCH a treat. Oh my gosh, how I’ve missed working from a real work station with a monitor, comfy chair and all of my paperwork, etc. around me. I’m almost always working from my laptop on the couch while multitasking mommy duties, so some quiet time to plug away at my desk this week was wonderful. I owe my mom the biggest thank you for her help while she’s in town, that’s for sure.
- Elfster: Secret Santa Exchange
It’s that time of year again: Secret Santa exchanges are in full swing! I set up two exchanges this year with some of my best girlfriends and, once again, used Elfster to make everything a breeze. Elfster is a free site that allows you to create a Secret Santa exchange and draw names without the person who set up the exchange knowing who has whom. It’s awesome! You can also create wish lists within the site to help everyone in your exchange with gift-giving inspiration. I’ve been using Elfster for Secret Santa exchanges for years and highly recommend it!
- Headbands of Hope #GivingTuesday Donations
You guys are amazing! On Tuesday, I posted a picture of some of the adorable headbands made by Headbands of Hope on Instagram because they promised to donate one headband to a child with cancer for each new Instagram follower they received on #GivingTuesday. Well, they received 3,000 new followers, so they will be donating 3,000 headbands. So wonderful! Thank you to all of you who followed @HeadbandsofHope and helped with this initiative!
- Your Comments and Baby Sleep Support
One more thing I am REALLY loving this week is all of the kind and thoughtful comments (and emails!) I received in response to Wednesday’s blog post. THANK YOU. It’s so nice to hear I’m not alone in the new baby sleep struggles and I’m happy to hear so many of you were able to find a way to bring some sleep back into your lives. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me. I am still making my way through all of your wonderful comments and emails and will be taking them into account as we visit Chase’s pediatrician for his four-month visit on Monday. (I really want his doctor’s opinion on everything, too!) Thank you again. You guys are so great.
- Giveaway Winners
Congratulations to Dee, the winner of the Sequel giveaway and Lia, the winner of The Honest Company bundle giveaway! Both winners have already been emailed. Thanks so much to all who entered!
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?